A Collection of Butterfly Poems
provided by the International Butterfly Breeders Association
A selection of butterfly quotations
I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free.
researched by Jacqui Knight
May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun
And find your shoulder to light on,
To bring you luck, happiness and riches
Today, tomorrow and beyond.
Butterflies are self propelled flowers. ~R.H. Heinlein
The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies. ~Author Unknown
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a
butterfly. ~Richard Bach
The butterfly is a flying flower,
The flower a tethered butterfly.
~Ponce Denis Écouchard Lebrun
Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your
grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a
butterfly. ~Richard Buckminster Fuller
"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have
sunshine, freedom and a little flower." ~Hans Christian Anderson
But these are flowers that fly and all but sing:
And now from having ridden out desire
They lie closed over in the wind and cling
Where wheels have freshly sliced the April mire.
~Robert Frost, "Blue-Butterfly Day"
Love is like a butterfly: It goes where it pleases and it pleases
wherever it goes. ~Author Unknown
I've watched you now a full half-hour;
Self-poised upon that yellow flower
And, little Butterfly! Indeed
I know not if you sleep or feed.
How motionless! - not frozen seas
More motionless! and then
What joy awaits you, when the breeze
Hath found you out among the trees,
And calls you forth again!
~William Wordsworth, "To a Butterfly"
Flowers and butterflies drift in color, illuminating spring. ~Author
We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.
This great purple butterfly,
In the prison of my hands,
Has a learning in his eye
Not a poor fool understands.
~William Butler Yeats, "Another Song of a Fool"
Know thyself! A maxim as pernicious as it is ugly. Whoever observes
himself arrests his own development. A caterpillar who wanted to know
itself well would never become a butterfly. ~Andre Gide
Bees sip honey from flowers and hum their thanks when they leave.
The gaudy butterfly is sure that the flowers owe thanks to him.
~Rabindranath Tagore, /Stray Birds/
We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes
it has gone through to achieve that beauty. ~Maya Angelou
The fluttering of a butterfly's wings can effect climate changes on the
other side of the planet. ~Paul Erlich
A million butterflies rose up from South America,
All together, and flew in a gold storm toward Spain...
~Winfield Townley Scott, "Annual Legend"